Corflute hand - white
From the Collection of Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) 102 Stawell Street Ballarat VIC
- White corflute hand mounted on wire. One of ANTaR's 'Sea of Hands'. Masking tape across one side of hand
- antar, reconciliation, native title, indigenous, sea of hands
- This corflute hand was produced in 1997 as part of a campaign by ANTAR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) to mobilise non-Aboriginal support for native title in response to the Federal Government’s proposals to amend the Native Title Act.
The Sea of Hands was a physical representation of ANTAR’s campaign, conceived by Australian Artists Against Racism. In October 1997, plastic hands in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags, each bearing a signature, were planted in front of Parliament House in Canberra. At the time it was the largest public art demonstration in Australia.
- post 1997
- This object has historical significance at a national level for its association with key milestones in Australia’s political history and the contemporary history of indigenous and non-indigenous activism.
It also has social significance, as Sea of Hands installations continue to this day. Over time, the Hands have become a symbol of the reconciliation movement.
- 17 Oct 2017 at 5:06PM